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cheating in baltimore schools. >> i am tara mergener. the debate over u.s. involvement in libya rages on on capitol hill today. >> gas prices continued to cut deep into the wall. the president takes action to bring prices down. but is it enough profit want to know what you think. >> the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. happy friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> ava marie has a check of the forecast. >> good morning. i saw jennifer out there with an umbrella. she must have caught a brief shower. if you see anything, it will just be a sprinkle. that will change as we move into the afternoon. we could seek showers and storms
across the state. that will keep the temperatures down. temperatures struggled to get up to 80 in cumberland. a big difference when you head toward the shore. the full forecast is coming up. >> the roads are looking good for this time of the morning. franklin will be shut down in the city and that is the only thing we have going on. we are looking good on the major roadways. up to speed on the rest of the major roadways. talbots on the outer loop west side. 895 southbound looking at 9 minutes. no problems to report. this is the topside of the beltway at harford road. you can see the inner and outer loops moving delay-free. this is the toll plaza. southbound traffic looking very light. no delays northbound as well.
that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back over to you. >> thank you. school for scandal. a pair of baltimore schools are under the microscope, accused of altering the test books. >> those test measures school academic achievement and a major factor in federal funding. jennifer franciotti is live with more on reaction the scandal has generated. >> the two schools include abbottston elementary school and fort worthington elementary schools. a concerned citizen came forward alerting that staff members may have been cheating on the msa. the state analyzed 7000 questions from the test. evidence of erasures from wrong answers to correct responses. a review found test booklets have been tampered with. an analysis showed attendance numbers at fort worthington or altered to show higher rates.
both scores and attendance are measured by the no child left behind act. >> it's certainly troubling. i am concerned and i know that dr. alonzo is concerned. that's why he implemented the oversight with the latest round of tests, so he could protect the integrity of the test. >> we will talk more about that oversight coming up at 6:30. two other elementary schools are under investigation. the names of those schools have not been released. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> some good news for the baltimore city police officer who was knocked over the side of the j.f.x. earlier this week. officials have upgraded per condition from critical to serious. the officer fell 25 feet from an elevated section of the highway when a car struck the back of her cruiser. her car then struck her senator
over the side of the retaining wall. she has undergone a series of surgeries. funeral services -- mindy. >> have been finalized for rodney goggins. he will be given full active duty honors. a viewing will be held this evening wylie funeral home home. the funeral will be saturday morning at the new antioch baptist church. rodney goggins please behind a young daughter, his father, mother, and two brothers. a man charged in an attack will spend time in prison. dinner patrick west and his brother beat a man last february. a judge ordered west to serve five years' probation after his release. the light rail has caused anxiety throughout the
committee. 15 security cameras have been added to strengthen security in the area at. >> president obama is given the nod to dip into the strategic petroleum reserve. it has not been touched since hurricane katrina. the international energy association has decided to time to act. they will release 60 million barrels of oil. experts say that is not enough. >> you would have to be doing 60 million barrels a day almost every week to suppress prices and keep them all work over the peak summer driving season. >> experts say consumers will see a drop in gas prices. the price breaks will last a short time. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think it was the right decision by the president to tap into the strategic oil reserves? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to
email@example.com. >> the power struggle between congress and president obama is heating up on capitol. house members fireback 4 okaying u.s. involvement in libya without making a case to congress. tara mergener joins us live with more on that. good morning. >> the white house is insisting president obama did follow the law. congress is not so sure. >> the president has failed to make his case as to why we have engaged in libya. >> both house republicans -- >> i think he's in violation of the constitution, and i think he's in violation of the world powers act. >> and even some democrats say president obama overstepped his authority -- when he got the u.s. involved in the 3-month- old mission without making a case to congress. >> it is important for the president to make sure that he communicates with congress any
time he is going to put u.s. military and lives at risk. >> today house votes are expected on a measure that could restrict u.s. military support to the nato-led attack. authorizing operations for a year or cutting off funding for combat missions. the white house says that would give the libyan dictator the wrong impression. >> that would send a message to him that somehow he could wait us out, that somehow the u.s. lacks the stick-to-itiveness here to finish this job. >> president obama says he did not need authorization from congress because the operation did not involve full-blown hostilities. tara mergener, wbal-tv 11 news. there is going to be a lot of debate today. >> if the measure is approved, one of the chances they will clear the senate? >> probably not very good. we have a democratic-controlled
senate. the measure will likely be opposed by some senate republicans, including senator john mccain. probably not too great. >> tara mergener, thank you. president obama is hitting the road promoting his plan to pull u.s. troops out of afghanistan. the first stop was at fort drum in new york. >> because of your outstanding work, what we have been able to do is train an additional 100,000 afghan soldiers so they can start carrying out the fight. >> the plan to bring some 10,000 troupe has so far proven to be controversial. mike mullen admitted the timeline was not what he wanted. >> the president's decision are more aggressive and incur more risk than i was prepared to accept.
more force or more time is the safer course. that does not make it the best course. >> dutch roethlisberger says he's pleased with the plant but ben cardin is not saying he believes it would -- he is not leave the timeline should be sped up. david petraeus agrees with the admiral and that the drawdown may be too aggressive. he made those remarks before the senate intelligence committee. he was on capitol hill to become the next cia director. >> i am taking off the uniform i have worn proudly for 37 years to do this job in the right way. i think the world of the agency and its people have it work closely with them for the past 10 years. >> the senate is expected to confirm petraeus. he would replace leon panetta who has been approved as the
nation's new defense secretary. >> 72 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> a mob boss behind bars. how long james bulger menace to elude police. >> airport security changes. >> a few more storms have popped up on the radar. where they heading? we will check the seven-day forecast. >> we have a smooth quiet commute. we'll give you a commute. we'll give you a
>> welcome back. 6:13. 78 degrees down towards the harbor. we have some thunderstorms around. most of them were north of baltimore and moving towards the east. in the last hour, we have seen some blips. could be downpours along 95 heading out of baltimore county. the coverage area is very small. most people starting off with a drive for guess. it is an unsettled forecast. we have a chance of thunderstorms all across the area man because there is a front. this is the same front we have been talking about for a few days.
a front from the north and one from the west. this one from the west will be turning into a cold front. that will usher in some much more comfortable air. before that happens, we're calling for a threat for thunderstorms as the front continues to push towards the area. we'll see thunderstorms. the best bet for thunderstorms is going to be into this afternoon. there'll be more showers around this morning. the will be scattered and out towards the west, they could be more numerous and more heavy at times. into saturday, we mostly clear on out. there could be showers on saturday. sunday of good for just about everyone. high pressure is in control. if you're heading to the beach, you will have sunshine and comfortable temperatures. another steamy day with highs in the upper 80's and low 90's. a chance of a thunderstorm later
today. things will gradually begin to taper off as we get to the weekend. on sunday, we will have the sunshine. notice how the temperatures get closer to back or they should be. more rain chances early next week. >> the traffic is looking pretty good this morning. we have one situation. in baltimore, franklin will be closed. one thing to watch out for. otherwise, we're looking nice around the area. 60 on the j.f.x. 57 on 95 heading into the city. this is harford road. things are looking good on the inner and outer loops. this is 95 at the toll plaza. north and southbound traffic looking good. 83 is also looking good. that is the latest on traffic
pulse 11. >> thank you. james bulger has been arrested in california on wednesday. he and his girlfriend were on the run for 16 years. he was arrested two days after a public appeal was launched. he's now facing racketeering, extortion, and murder. his life was the model for jack nicholson's character in the movie "the departed." the new york senate has yet to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage in that state. talks will continue today. republicans will have to meet behind closed doors. it has passed through the assembly. if passed, new york will become the sixth state to grant same- sex couples the right to marry.
the policy of pat-downs is about to change. make repeated attempts with security wands to screen children. a child is receiving a thorough pat-downs. this led to a huge amount of controversy. >> j.d. powers has released its annual new-car survey. this was not for's best year. malfunctions with dashboard screen set push them from fifth to 23rd. things are looking up from toyota. the company is back up to 87 spot. lexus and honda took first and second. in a rare move, the irs is increasing tax deductions for vehicle owners who use their car
for business. the can deduct 55 cents per mile from their taxable income. the tax goes -- the change goes into effect on july 1. high gas prices spurred the policy change. marriott is said to be a great place to work for i.t. professionals. jane king has more in the bloomberg business report. >> use cars that do not burn a lot of guest are selling for about 30% more on the wholesale market than just 30 months ago. that includes the four focus. a prius can command as much as a new one. baltimore drivers could get relief from the high prices at the pump. gas prices could fall to $3.40 for regular gas. that drop could be short-lived
because of continued unrest in the middle east. we have a lower close for stocks. the bloomberg maryland index was down fractionally. marriott was named the best place to work in i.t. for the ninth straight world. there were recognized as an organization that challenges their i.t. staff law providing good benefits and compensation. i'm jane king for wbal-tv 11 news. >> 6:19. 72 degrees on tv hill. >> a new crop of nba superstars were selected in last night's draft. keith mills will have more. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. do you think it was the right decision by the president to tap into the strategic oil reserves? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
that is one thing to watch out for. the major roadways are looking good. we're up to speed on the outer loop west side. 10 minutes on 95 south heading down towards d.c. absolutely no delays or problems on the major roadways. this is the topside of the beltway at harford road. very light volume. no problems. this is 95 at the fort mchenry toll plaza. traffic a little heavier at this time of the morning but no delays. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava has a check of the forecast. >> most of us are starting the day pretty quiet. there were some showers in the northern tier of the state. right now, 72 at the airport. humidity, 91%. day.er steamy southeummer
now, keith mills. >> good morning. the latest round of the nfl talks is over. roger goodell says he is optimistic a deal will get better. roger goodell and smith did an interview side by side. more proof the two sites are serious about getting this deal done sooner. the talks held outside boston and include some specific issues such as free agency and a rookie wage scale. it talks will resume next week. both sides say the will communicate throughout the weekend. more proof there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done. the nfl draft is over. jordan williams did not go in the first round. he did go in the second. jordan was taken in the second round by the new jersey nets. the 36 players selected. jordan left maryland after his
second year of playing in the acc. there is a long debate about whether he was ready for the nba. he is a rebounding machine. josh selby was taken in the second round of the memphis grizzlies. he graduated from lake clifton. he spent one year in kansas. he joins rudy gay on the memphis grizzlies. the orioles resume interleague play as they take on the cincinnati reds. first regular-season trapped for the reds. chris jakubauskas will start tonight. roger federer has moved on in the wimbledon. this is the first set. a nice touch at the nexet.
he rolls into the third round. serena williams also moved on. tomorrow night, at camden yards, the first 20,000 fans get a buck showalter bobblehead. there you go. are we going to win? yeah, we're going to beat the yankees. how about the steelers? come on, buck. >> he is trying to keep it real. i love bubbleheads. >> i love your take on the bobble head. >> thank you, keith. >> 72 degrees on tv hill. much more to come in our next half-hour. >> officials investigate a cheating scandal inside
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. ava marie has a quick look at the forecast. >> you can feel the humidity in the air this point. 91% at the airport and temperatures in the 70's. we will check the radar. now back to mindy and stan. >> of tories say students had a helping hand from staff members when it came to their standardized test scores. jennifer franciotti is live with more on the story. good morning. >> that is the shame. officials to know what the actions of a few to be raised the progress that has been made. there is word two more
elementary schools are under investigation. >> every single suspicion that is reported to us is investigated completely. >> which is why cheating investigations were launched at abbottston and fort worthington elementary schools. last january a concerned citizen alerted city schools that staff members at abbottston may have been cheating on the msa. the state then analyzed 7,000 questions from 2009 and 2010. >> the incidents of erasure and from erasure from wrong to right in the consecutive years goes beyond the realm of probability. >> a review of fort worthington elementary found that test booklets were tampered with, and an analysis by city schools showed that attendance numbers at fort worthington were altered to show higher rates in 2010. both scores and attendance are measured by the no child left behind act. >> it's certainly troubling. i am concerned and i know that dr. alonso is concerned. that's why he implemented the oversight with the latest round
of tests, so he could protect the integrity of the test. >> i believe that this is just isolated incidents that happened and that, you know, it's just unfortunate. >> this year's msa results will be released soon, and dr. alonso is confident in what they will reveal. >> the most extraordinarily transparent set of scores of any urban district in america, because in every school we had external monitors. >> we do not know the nature of the investigation or which schools are in the fall. jennifer franciotti reporting live. >> some sad news from the national aquarium. one calf died. 1/3 of dolphin calves do not survive their first year. we're told the second calf seems
to be fine. the cause of death is not known at this time. a necropsy will be performed. >> if you see a large airplane, nasa says staty calm. they're performing low-quality research flights with an aircraft flying at 1,000 feet above 95 and the b-w parkway. they will fly this several times during the day for up to eight hours. >> the national great blacks in wax museum is planning a renovation and expansion that will make the museum six times larger and hopefully help revitalize east baltimore. kim dacey has details. >> the great blacks in wax museum has been in east baltimore for more than 20 years
and includes 5000 years of african american history. >> it is compelling with history told in such a way that you cannot be passive about. a very message-oriented museum. it tells are used things like our ancestors want them to know they did not die by the millions or for us to kill one another by the thousands. >> they are now planning a $75 million expansion to allow them to reach out even more. the current building will become a children's museum. the museum will expand from 20,000 to 100,000 square feet, taking up an entire city block. >> it will allow us to tell not just 5000 years of history but hundreds of thousands of years of history, going back to one man for stepped out onto the
african continent and created will we see is the world's races. it shows all of us as having the african mother. >> they also have green spaces planned. that will enhance their east baltimore neighborhood. >> this project is about revitalizing this committee and showing that museums can be at the heart of berlin the community back to life. >> the first phase of the renovation is expected to start in 2013. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> they have some cool stuff at that museum. " wax figures. we have one report of an accident, dupont at greenspring accident. that is not doing too bad this
time of the morning. franklin is closed at gilmore street because of an event going on this weekend. the major roadways checking out ok. 11 minutes on the outer loop west side. 895 northbound between the 95 looking at 17 minutes. no delays to report on the major roadways. this is the northwest corner of the beltway. the west side is looking good. this is 95 in the white marsh area. no delays or problems to report. 83's of looking good, as well. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we have some showers recently along the i-95 corridor heading into harford county. watch out if you're on the roads. that will be the case across the entire area. scattered showers and thunderstorms.
90 degrees along the eastern shore. it will be steamy afternoon. >> thank you. 72 degrees on tv hill. they say patience is a virtue. one man has been patient and picky when it comes to finding the love of his life. >> we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. do you think it was the right decision by the president to tap into the strategic oil reserves? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to email@example.com.
>> a story of sunken treasure from florida at this point. this ring was retrieved from a spanish ship that is believed to less sunk near the florida keys. it is estimated to be about 10 carats and worth around $500,000. gold bars were also found inside the sunken ship. >> you could say this man is picky. it took nearly a century to find the right woman to walk down the aisle with. this started when gilbert saw a piece of china on display in his nursery on. he used to do oil paintings and he wanted to meet the artist. that is how he met virginia. the relationship started out as a french ship, but they wanted to spend more time together. >> they had a room to share. i said, you could only have it
if you are married. so she said, let's get married. i said yes. >> the pair exchanged their vows on june 4, surrounded by family and friends. they will make the most out of the time they have to get there. that is cute. >> 72 degrees on tv hill. coming up, we'll check the morning headlines. >> we have one report of an accident. we will take a live look outside of the major roadways. >> if you showers along the i-95 corridor. 78 at the harbor. it will be another steamy afternoon.
>> welcome back. some good news for the baltimore city police officer who was thrown over the side of the j.f.x. earlier this week. officials have upgraded officer teresa rigby's condition from critical to serious. she fell 25 feet above cold spring lane when a car struck the back of her cruiser. her car struck heard senator up and over the side of the retaining wall. she has undergone a series of surgeries. funeral services are finalized for a fire recruit whose body was found in the liberty reservoir. rodney goggins will be given full active duty honors. in view it will be held at wylie funeral home. funeral will be saturday morning
at the new antioch baptist church. the government is taking steps to help bring down the high cost of gas. president obama has authorized the energy department to release millions of gallons of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. 60 million barrels will be released. that could drop gas prices by 10 to 15 cents per gallon. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- do you think it was the right decision by the president to tap into the strategic oil reserves?
>> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> baltimore residents say it happens far too often. vacant houses collapsing. the latest happened yesterday in east baltimore. barry simms explains how the city is handling the problem. >> as the demolition crew knocks down the remains of two vacant houses, residents found some comfort, but remain worried about their safety. they think an explosion ripped the houses apart. >> i thought the world was coming to an end. we were scared. >> this man had just come out of the house to sit on his front steps up. >> i heard a loud noise. >> what he saw further convinced him it was a blast.
>> this building went that way. >> efforts to make the area safer began wednesday night. b.g.e. crews were called in after a strong odor of gas was notice. there was no evidence of a gas explosion. >> there was no gas service provided to these buildings. we searched for leaks and for equipment damage and found nothing. >> firefighters battled a breeze -- a batblaze. r is alsoy commissione concerned. they have joined forces and is doing what they can to force private owners to sell the vacant properties. if the owners do not, they could be taken to court and given a ticket or the property could be placed in eight receivership. >> what it is is a very
efficient way to get you out of the way. where there is otherwise healthy markets, our approach is to get out of the way. this is a very efficient way to move you out of the way in favor of someone to get the work done. >> this costs about $50,000. the cost will be turned over to the property owners in the form of a leien. barry simms, wbal-tv 11 news. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. we have the purport of an accident at dupont and greenspring avenue. franklin is closed and kill more this weekend. a couple of things to watch out for. the major roadways looking good. 61 on the j.f.x. heading into the city.
looking good into the city. this is the beltway in the northwest corner. very light volume at old court road. no promise. this is 95. this isn't havre de grace. the roads are wet. leave some extra time if you're heading from the north part of our the viewing area. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> some of the roads are wet. there are showers pushing through harford county and lifting up towards the north and east. the biggest concern is that the roads will be wet. elsewhere, pretty quiet on the radar. we cannot rule out any pop-up showers or a rumble of thunder. a better bet this afternoon because a storm system is heading our way. it continues to near us and
things will become more unstable. thunderstorms could pop pop any time. we have a stationary front off to the north. this one is going to turn into a cold front. it will push into the east. as it passes by, it will act as a trigger for the showers and storms. we have hot, humid, hazy air. that has the chance for some thunderstorms. that is the pattern on this friday. that will change as we get into the weekend. there could be some spotty showers around baltimore for the evening rush and along the southern shore. the storms could be more numerous it out to the west. we should start to clear out on saturday morning. there could be some showers in the western tier of the state. high pressure will be in control and sunshine will be out on sunday.
today, we're still on the steamy side. upper 80's and low 90's. much cooler as you head to the mountains. into the 80's at cumberland. a chance for showers and storms across the state. cooler out to the west. 90 degrees in ocean city. back into the mid 80's this weekend. a storm chances early next week. >> thank you. a cheating scandal has embroiled two baltimore city schools. jennifer franciotti joins us live from skiddy -- from city school headquarters with debts story. >> good morning. two schools involved include abbottston elementary school and fort worthington elementary school. it was back in january that a concerned citizen alerted school board officials that staff members at abbottston may have been cheating on the msa.
the state analyzed 7,000 questions from 2009 and 2010. officials found evidence of erasures from wrong answers to correct responses. a review of fort worthington elementary found that test booklets had been tampered with. an analysis showed that attendance numbers at fort worthington were altered to show higher rates in 2010. both scores and attendance are measured by the no child left behind act. there is no word on what if any disciplinary action will be taken. two other elementary schools are under investigation. the nature of the investigation has not been revealed. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> thank you. here is ann curry for a look at what is coming up next on the "today" show. >> good morning. even more evacuations ordered in north dakota. a giant surge of water is expected to bring record flooding. a new bombshell in the casey
anthony trollope. her mother said she was the one who searched for an incriminating word on a computer. rare and prices items once owned by michael jackson will be in our studio. including the jacket he wore in the "thriller" video. our summer concert series with bruno mars. that and much more ahead when we get started this morning right here on "today." >> do you think that jacket would fit me? >> after, extra large. 72 degrees on tv hill. >> we will come back and check on weather and traffic together before you head out to start your day.
>> a pretty uneventful morning. >> we have been light all morning. we have our first problem sports. we have an accident at dupont and greenspring avenue. there is an event that shutdown franklin at gilmore street. a live look at the northwest corner of the beltway shows things are moving just fine. this is an 95 at havre de grace.
you can see the roads are wet. >> more hot, steamy weather. >> a chance for scattered storms this afternoon. don't forget, tune to am 1090 to hear traffic and weather together on the fives. >> good to work with you on the set. thank you for joining us. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25. >> this is a wbal-tv 11 editorial, from president and
general manager dan joerres. >> the battle over internet sales taxes has been simmering for more than a decade. but now it's boiling over. facing a budget deficit, martin o'malley has joined a long line of governors seeking to collect sales taxes from online retailers. e-commerce has grown to way her $65 billion a year industry. a loophole allowing retailers to avoid collecting taxes is about to be challenged. website retailers cite the supreme court decision that grants the -- maryland lawmakers will address the issue in the next general assembly. supporters include local retailers who have had to pay the retail tax. opponents of the big internet retailers who avoid state taxes and sometimes use loopholes even when they have local operations.
if a lot is an act, too difficult to enforce. states with laws on the books have not been successful in collecting millions of dollars they say are owed to them. this issue will require serious study. maryland should not repeat the mistakes of other states. it could take a national resolution. the web business is not going to --